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The Oxford
Journal was a free newspaper distributed throughout the city of Oxford
in the county of Oxfordshire, UK. It was published under licence by Taylor Newspapers Ltd (who also publish other free newspapers including the Basingstoke Observer, Oxford
Property Weekly and Auto Weekly).


1 Early history 2 Mergers and rebrands 3 Canadian namesake 4 Related links 5 References 6 External links

Early history[edit] The paper was launched in January 1973 from an old toy factory in Cowley by Tony Rosser and was the first free newspapers[citation needed] in the United Kingdom. It was later bought by Goodhead Press, who subsequently sold the paper to Courier Newspapers (Oxford) Ltd, owned by Bob Urwin and Peter Chatterton, in 1996 which continued to publish the paper alongside its own one, the South Oxfordshire Courier. Both and Courier and Journal subsequently became owned by Milestone Group in 2003. Mergers and rebrands[edit] In 2004 the paper was renamed Courier Journal as part of a merger with the Courier to produce one paper covering Oxfordshire, but this did not last and in 2005 the paper was relaunched in Oxford
as the Oxford City Journal, however in September 2006, the original title was reinstated after Milestone Group sold the Courier group to its managing director.[1] When owned by the Milestone Group the paper's sister publications included the magazine Oxfordshire
Living. On 3 January 2008, it was announced on that week's issue that the Oxford
Journal would supersede its sister paper, the South Oxfordshire Courier. The paper was relaunched in 2012 by Howard Taylor (owner of Taylor Newspapers Ltd) and Chrissie Woodward (sales director of Oxford Journal). Chrissie Woodward has since left the company and has been replaced by Associate Director Julian Richings. In the autumn of 2014 the Oxford
Journal name was once again retired by Taylor Newspapers in favour of an extension to the Oxfordshire Guardian which now circulates in the city of Oxford. Canadian namesake[edit] There is also an Oxford
Journal which has been published for more than 100 years in the small Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
town of Oxford, Canada. It has absolutely no link with the English Oxford
Journal. Related links[edit]

South Oxfordshire
Courier Milestone Group


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External links[edit]


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